Position Summary

Dallas College seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to play an important role in the design, development, and launch of the seven new Dallas College academic schools (the Schools) who will serve as Department Chair for a specific Dallas College academic school. Dallas College is establishing the Schools with a new, ambitious academic framework to ensure the Schools align with the North Texas region’s workforce and industry needs to ensure graduates’ success in their careers. The Department Chair reports to the Dean, Academic Affairs or the Vice Provost, School of and is the only position in the redesigned Dallas College that supervises faculty members. The Department Chair will: 1. Oversee the delivery of high-quality instruction and facilitating faculty development. To do so, they interface closely with the Scheduling Team to finalize the schedule and assign faculty to courses. 2. Supervise adjuncts, evaluate faculty, support curriculum maintenance and improvement, and prioritize faculty coaching and development. 3. In partnership with the Dallas College scheduling team, take on the primary functions of program coordination within their given department. 4. Oversee the general day-to-day operations of the department; develop and drive the department’s goals; support faculty development; and work in a professional and collegial manner with faculty, staff, and students. 5. Work closely with the other Schools’ leaders to ensure all academic programs maintain a high level of academic rigor. 6. Possess a strong commitment to institutional effectiveness, program performance management, and be well-versed in using data to make program and school-level decisions.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The complex role of Department Chair requires a skilled individual who can both serve and coordinate multiple constituencies. They are the primary spokespersons and advocates for the academic department. In this role, chairs are the guarantors of department quality.

● Ability to champion the resource needs of the department and ensure the effective use of those resources.
● Ability to promote the quality of the department’s programs while remaining alert to the need for curricular revision.
● Broad knowledge and experience executing operating strategies and plans, managing staff, sustaining the operational financial plan and overseeing the administrative management of the organization(s).
● Effectively leads change and organizational growth through strategic planning.
● Ability to analyze strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, evaluate processes, and implement improvements.
● Possesses a record of success in an administrative leadership position overseeing the operations of an organization(s) or program(s).
● Proven ability to maintain a good working relationship with executive leadership, administrators, staff and students to achieve the goals of the organization and cultivate a positive work environment.
● Advanced experiences in creating, implementing, analyzing, and updating higher education-based policies and procedures and do so by striving for high ethical standards in line with those held by Dallas College, generally.
● Knowledgeable, skillful and innovative leader who collaboratively manages a complex set of institutional challenges and issues, making difficult decisions focused on moving the College forward in a productive and sustainable way that continues to promote success.
● Understands local, regional, and national accrediting body requirements that are department and/or program specific.
● Experience in an administrative leadership position overseeing academic-related projects or programs at an institution of higher education.
Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures and adheres to high ethical standards when implementing process and improvements to comply with Dallas College guidelines.
● Experience in an outcome-based, assessment-rich, educational, corporate, or non-profit institution.
● Patience and tolerance for ambiguity and change.
● Demonstrated evidence of leadership in the development of new programs that promote success and in building teamwork and a shared vision.
● Demonstrated successful program management experience with the ability to pay attention to detail.
● Excellent presentation, oral and written skills and the ability to deliver clear and effective messages to influence and engage key stakeholders and a diverse

● Dallas College network community.
● Demonstrated excellence in providing customer service.
● Excellent analytical skills, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to think strategically and tactfully.
● Ability to present concepts effectively and influence all levels of the organization and administration.
● Capable of evaluating options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.

Physical Requirements

Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with physical challenges to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Knowledge and Experience

● Master’s Degree in a relevant subject-matter plus experience in a leadership role focused on bringing systemic change in an academic setting.
● Terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field is preferred. – Prior teaching experience as a faculty member, or adjunct faculty member at an institution of higher education. – At least three years of higher education-based administrative experience including program coordination as well as successful experience with program development and program approvals and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in education through leadership, scholarship, teaching, or service – Understanding of program assessment and accreditation processes/procedures.
● Experience in an international or multilingual environment is preferred.
● Demonstrated success in leading program development or transformation (launch of new programs, redevelopment of existing programs/schools, etc.) is also preferred.
***Will be subject to a criminal background check. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check. ***

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

● Coordinate the Academic Affairs of the Department to establish an “Outstanding Educational Program”
● Ensure the coordination (inclusive of program development, program revision, and continuous program improvement) of credit and non-credit programs within their department – Supervise the activities of Department-assigned staff and faculty – Evaluate faculty performance and report such evaluations to the appropriate School and/or Department leader, as requested – Lead the Department in the pursuit of the established Department goals – Create an effective working environment for all personnel within the Department – Effectively assess and address students’ needs within the Department – Encourage scholarly and creative activities and advocates service to the College and the community
● Provide coaching, thought partnering, and outlets for faculty growth and professional development – particularly in the teaching and learning space – Monitor and manage the financial operations of the Department programs – Respond to additional requests, assignments, or other needs from the Vice Provost. – Performs other duties as assigned.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbents may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Position requires regular and predictable attendance. Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans Act.